Heads still bowed in honor & prayer.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 23, 2012
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The other night in Aurora, Colorado wasn’t about gun control, or the NRA. It wasn’t about crazy, or innocent.

It was about a nation, yet again, coming together around sadness, around heart, around compassion. If only for a moment, hate lost again: it turned a partisan, divided nation whole, again.

But, too, we must learn from our tragedies. We must not learn hate: we must not learn trauma. We must learn how to protect. We must learn how to let go. We must learn to keep our hearts open, and how to be strong enough to protect our ideals from our fear.

~ Waylon Lewis, ed.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


6 Responses to “Heads still bowed in honor & prayer.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Vanessa Vadim bullshit

    Jack Donahue Um. How eloquent. Bullshit? Care to elucidate?

    Kapal Nath Love it! Definitely the right idea, fear causes so much pain and suffering. Compassion all the way!!!

    Andrew Kubak The speeches were nice.

    Jeffrey S. Lemansky Well said Waylon – sad event that sadly affects all of us once again

    Andy Page Ugh. I agree with Vanessa. You sound like a cheap jukebox of meaningless new age platitudes.

    Vanessa Vadim Jack – It WAS about gun control, it IS about crazy. Hate did not lose. The nation is not whole. We are terribly, deeply fucked up.

    elephantjournal.com Thanks, Andy. You don't know me, I realize, but New Agey platitudes make me gag. That said, the bravery to stick with heartbreak and not spin out into aggression takes gats.

    As Allen Ginsberg (the great activist poet) said, aggression only feeds aggression.

    If you read my post, I did detail that we need to learn from this. If you read the links in the post, you'll see hard-hitting discussions from various points of view—but all constructive, and ultimately kind. This is a time we can use to come together, or, like Vanessa, we can revel in ALL CAPS statements of the obvious.

    Fundamentally, this wasn't about our opinions. This was about an immense sadness and solidarity. Just as with any tragedy, that sadness is wisdom. We have an opportunity not to spin out into blame, but to view things as they are, and move forward and learn.

    ~ Waylon.

    Andy Page I don't see a nation coming together around sadness. I don't see a divided nation becoming whole. I hear a bunch of rednecks who cling on to dear life to their 2nd amendment right. As a non-American living in America, I have been told that if I don't agree with America's gun laws, then I should leave. I don't think this is the land of the free.

    elephantjournal.com MLK, Jr., saw great obstacles…and didn't get caught up in aggression vs. aggression. Instead, he bent the arc of history. Sometimes we have to see our ideals, and ignore those who enjoy the us vs. them mentality.

  2. realtortracy says:

    I very strongly agree that getting dragged into hatred and anger and blame would only make things worse. We have the opportunity every day to be a more positive presence in the world and put out the kind of love and support that we all need. In the face of tragedies, it's incumbent upon us to put out even more, in direct proportion to the tragedy we combat with our brotherhood and hope.
    In response to our foreign friend who has been disillusioned by the Ugly Americans, please never forget that there is good and bad everywhere. If you are surrounded by too much of that negative mentality, you might want to check out a different locality of this vast, diverse country.
    Also beautifully said: elephantjournal.com MLK, Jr., saw great obstacles…and didn't get caught up in aggression vs. aggression. Instead, he bent the arc of history. Sometimes we have to see our ideals, and ignore those who enjoy the us vs. them mentality.

  3. randolphr says:

    Let's speak our minds but let's be cool about it, can we ?

    – right now, 'it's all about' those in hospital care, and all of the families & loved ones affected by this terrible event.

    Everything else is very secondary.

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  5. Love says:

    Sorry have to agree this post is sinking into sentimentality and superficial platitudes. "We have an opportunity not to spin out into blame, but to view things as they are, and move forward and learn". As they are according to which point of view from which mindset and from what level of conditioned mind? You mean learn like we have from all the other "horrors" we have cycling through our system of violence and entertainment as life on planet Earth? Truly waking up is to step back and see it from a detached place not an engaged place which is sucking into the system of control through emotional actions and reactions controlled by events and then all the reactions to the events by us and the media. (any more ribbons to be had?) The discussion here based on this post is just an extension of the entertainment value of violence on the screen and off. It's immersed in emotionality that has nothing to do with perspective. It's ok to say we're fucke#$ up. Because until we recognize the insane collective mind that thinks this is about coming together around sadness and making more tributes and thinking about the victims in the hospitals, there are victims everyday that can't pay their bills nor get out of a corrupt system. Let's just say that nothing can be said. The only thing that can be done is to step back and examine the conditioning that passes as thinking and reacting to the events on the global stage. That…would take some courage…and perspective.

  6. Love says:

    How about this headline with some more rational thinking devoid of the hook to get into sentimentality that feeds the machine: ODE Magazine: The Batman Massacre: Will it wake us up?

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